Riders down on Seward highway

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Alaskajeff, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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  2. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    We drove back last night from Kasilof after dip netting , passed the aftermath and it was a nasty scene. Will get video uploaded.

    Rip.
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  3. HanzoSteel

    HanzoSteel n00bish

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    My prayers go out to his family and friends.

    My sister and brother inlaw have been active in CMA for many years. Thank you John for all the work you have done and the people you have touched, God Bless.
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  4. Brendon@TMS

    Brendon@TMS The Motorcycle Shop

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    Hey Nutty, I don't think anyone wants to see the scene of a fatal accident...

    At least I don't, seen enough this summer.
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  5. Alaskahack

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    Brandon
    Thank You

    All the riders to date this year RIP
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  6. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    Damn.....don't know if its my imagination or not, but of the 20+ years I've been riding in AK, this seems like the most grim year ever, when it comes to bike wrecks/fatalities. Very thankful that I had the good fortune to wind up in the non fatal category. My thoughts go out to the victims.

    Jeff
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  7. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    by far one of the worst years.


    and sorry, no vid's will be uploaded.
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  8. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    I don’t know but I think it has been worse. However the riding season is far from over. :uhoh
    Searched for ‘motorcycle fatalities by state’.
    https://www.google.com/search?sourc...te&gs_l=hp..0.41l1087.0.0.0.7611...........0.

    For Alaska ...
    Near bottom of page, page 15 of 15, 2010-2011
    http://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Motorcycle-Fatalities-by-State.pdf

    Same as above page 15 of 17, 2011-2012
    http://www.ghsa.org/html/publications/pdf/spotlights/motorcycles_2012.pdf

    2007 thru 2011
    http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/2_AK/2011/2_AK_2011.htm
    So what I am seeing for motorcycle fatalities in Alaska ...
    2007- 6
    2008 - 8
    2009 - 7
    20010 – 9
    2011 – 10
    2012 – 8
    48 in 6 years. :cry
    Seems pretty rare to have something like this happen where a bike hits the back of a car.
    Not that rare to have a bike hit another that went down when riding in a group. No way am I going to ride with a large group but this wasn’t one. A group of 3 or 4 max is ok with me ... if I know the riders.
    These guys weren’t a bunch of young squids riding fast on sport bikes. I often see such large groups like that & it makes me cringe.

    About the rear end collision: I have to wonder why these guys were following the car when it appears there were two Northbound lanes at that point. I wasn’t there, may have been traffic in both lanes. But I do see a skid mark in the right lane that must have come from the second bike. Hmm ...
    Didn't look like the right lane was about to end. I’d sure like to know if & how long that car used his turn signal & how quick he slowed.
    If at all possible I will always move to the lane that puts more room between me & the vehicle ahead, gives a bigger cushion for error & more importantly gives me a much better view down the road. Yeah, I change lanes a lot.
    And I’ll go like hell to get into an area that puts me where there is a lot more space between me & anything in front, back or sides. I do not ever want to ride or drive with a car right next to me. In town I don’t like being in those outside lanes where I am harder to see from side streets & where cars are slowing & turning off, or entering the road.

    Like I said, the riding season ain’t over. Be alert & careful out there.
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  9. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    That pullout should be blocked off from all traffic, period. It's an extreme hazard. Four years ago, I lost sight of my riding partner so I waited 3 or 4 minutes at the Tesoro, then headed back north to find her. She pulled into that turnout and I remember how uncomfortable I felt waiting for the oncoming to clear so I could turn left. There simply was no exit plan to be had. Everyone powers up on that straight stretch headed north, and in the late afternoon it's right into the sun. The turnout isn't necessary for southbound traffic and what happened in this instance is exactly why it's an extreme hazard for the northbound traffic.

    The man who died is the father of a coworker. Very sad. I understand he was very well liked.
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  10. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Yeah, I hate that. There have been times when I just went on down the road a bit & found a place, a break in traffic, & made a U-turn. Don’t want to be a sittin’ duck. A sittin’ Duc?


    Friar Mike reminded me of this one last year. :1drink
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